The St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the oldest Philharmonia in Russia, is more than two hundred years old. Its history goes back to 1802 when the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, the first one in Europe, was created. It organized the world premiere of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in 1824.
The Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia
The Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia is one of the best Concert Halls in Europe. It houses about 1500 persons. Its first-class acoustics has been appreciated by the world leading recording companies. It has been the century the centre of St.Petersburg music life since the 1840-s.
The Small Hall of the Philharmonia
The Small Hall of the Philharmonia was opened in the year 1949.
But it is in this Hall that started the public concert life of the capital of the Russian Empire. Since 1802 the Petersburg Philharmonic Society organized open concerts for music lovers introducing European music new pieces. Premiers take place in the Small Hall up to now. The Hall houses 400 listeners. Moreover, it provides excellent acoustics.
The historical interiors and the back of the house areas of the Grand Hall were carefully renovated in 2007.
If you come up the Imperial Stairs, take a look at great composers' portraits in the Green foyer, take a slow walk along white marble columns under superb cut-glasses chandeliers, and run your hand across the red velvet of the chairs - You will definitely feel special aura of the Grand Philharmonic Hall.
Thanks to the renovation, it is much easier for people with disabilities to attend concerts - the first entrance is equipped with a comfortable stair-lift and the large elevator.
When you get out from the Nevsky prospekt metro station (exit to the Mikhailovskaya st.), walk on the Mikhailovskaya street for 3 minutes up to the Arts Square, then turn right.
Entrance for listeners – Arts Square, Entrance No 1
Entrance to the box office – Mikhailovskaya street.